January 25, 2022

Your Truly

Red Bobble Hat

– it’s midwinter cold right now so my wool fisherman’s hat knit by my mother is perfect.

January 24, 2022

Second place. No bad for a first try

TT 1925

Motorcycle racer, engineer and innovator Howard R Davies sits proudly on his sleek powerful 350cc machine. HRD went on to become Vincent and the rest is history.

January 23, 2022

Horse & Buggy

A mare called Grace

– being in deepest Indiana we pass through an Amish community. At the local food store the parking lot has the alternative transport tied up. We spoke to the driver who told us the name and age (6) of her horse. Blanket for chilly weather whilst groceries are purchased.

January 22, 2022

Any color…

… as long as it’s black

– so said Henry Ford. We visited the Model T museum in Richmond Indiana today. A nice display of 30 examples of the original multi purpose vehicle. It was a runabout, speedster, truck, van, snowmobile, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, touring car. These particular models, ranging from early 1907 models to the latter 20’s versions, were in marvelous condition.

January 19, 2022

In the End…

Choose to Live
January 16, 2022

What was old is now new

The return of the star

– An Indian motorcycle manufacturer is rereleasing a couple of BSA models with echoes of classic bikes from the past. Both 650 singles, one is based on the Gold Star; the other more dirt oriented. I’d take either!

January 15, 2022

Smoking’

Burnin’ Rubber

– the spare bug-eyed profile of Triumphs streetfighter amidst a fug of spinning tire smoke.

January 14, 2022

Short Plaid

Tartan Time

– a rocker girl wearing the leather jacket and Vivienne Westwood inspired Clan mini skirt

January 13, 2022

Meow

Tao and the cat of motorcycle restoration

– BSA B25 off road with maintenance tabby. I can see some Pursigesque tale as a feline companion to a rebuild adventure.

January 12, 2022

Flying Squad

The Sweeney

– the lineup on BritBox includes gritty seventies show starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as Regan and Carter; a pair of serious crime detectives. First episode screenshot of a pair of police motorcycles accompanying a prisoner transfer van. “You’re Nicked!”

January 9, 2022

If you see Sid, tell ‘im!

Mister Tibbs

– another passing this week was Sidney Poitier. He flew the door wide open for minority actors. This lesser known film that he directed and starred in sees him as an american, Dr Matt Younger, who travels to Britain to take part in scrambler races. Whilst there he falls for a young woman who is an African Ambassadors daughter. Romance ensues. Sidney was 94. The bike is a BSA B50 MX which, incidentally, was the very last competition model from the Small Heath factory. Models were still rolling off the line during BSA’s demise.

January 8, 2022

Wild Angel

– One of the “New Hollywood” directors from the seventies, Peter Bogdanovich, passed away this week aged 82. His first foray into movies was as an assistant director under Roger Corman in Wild Angels. A pivotal film that set the scene for what was to come. I’ve always got time to watch his first directorial debut triplet: The Picture Show; What’s up Doc? And Paper Moon. here he looks on as Corman discusses a scene with Peter Fonda.

January 7, 2022

Snow Days

Winter Fun

– freezing fields crossed with a black Bonnie.

January 6, 2022

Interrogation

Shadow Boxing

– early seventies oil in frame Bonneville under the harsh illumination of a spotlight.

January 5, 2022

Caad

Tiger Claws

– temperatures are dropping in the usual January fashion. Here’s a Triumph Tiger being ridden with enthusiasm around a frozen lake. Tire studs a must.